I bought a 1921 Bell upright piano at an estate auction for $300 (Bell
was a Canadian company that made very good quality uprights).
Mechanically, it seems to be in excellent shape. However, the finish
is in bad shape- dirty, dull, and cracked (looks like reptile skin).
are also dirty from eighty years of dust.
You can see pictures at:
Here are my questions:
1) What should I use to clean all that grimy dirt (as in the 3rd and
4th images) without further damaging the finish?
2) How can I restore the finish without stripping the current finish
off. I'd like to just wipe something on that will make it look nice and
get rid of the cracks, as in the 6th image. Searching around on the web
I came across: Fromby's Furniture Face Lift Kit, Howard's
Restor-A-Finish. Any thoughts about these products? What about tung
oil- would tung oil by itself do the trick or would I need to apply
something first before putting on tung oil? Any other ideas?
3) There are some places where the finish is missing (for example,
lookat the 5th image). What's a good way to touch up those parts?
4) Is it possible to clean the hammers without damaging them, or should
I just leave them dirty? I already tried to vacuum the top surface. of
Thanks for any suggestions.